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Health Office Reminders

We've seen a few students with cough and fever in the health office lately. Mrs. Varraveto, our attendance clerk, has had many calls to the absence hotline with these symptoms, as well. We'd like to remind parents that we strictly observe the 24 hour rule with regard to fever, vomiting and diarrhea.  The 24 hour rule means that students must stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.  We want students to stay home until they have been free of vomiting and diarrhea for a full 24 hours.  Students should be eating solid food and fell well enough to participate in an active and rigorous school day.  


Students who are wearing any kind of brace, cast, or wrap must have a doctor's note to wear these type of supports.  All students are expected to participate in PE Class unless they have a doctor's excuse. We can take a parent note for up to three days if a doctor's note is forthcoming.  


There is an important Tdap requirement for our sixth grade students.  All sixth grade students must provide proof of having received the Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) immunization before they can begin seventh grade. Chris Henry, our district nurse, will start sending letters to those students who are lacking this requirement, but it's helpful if parents can turn in this immunization record to the health office before the end of the sixth grade year. Many of our students receive this booster before the Valley Forge or Pali Trip, and parents just need to get the printout from the doctor and bring it to to school.